Thinking about the past

The Tree of Life memorial Bullring Birmingham

Candice: Yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1.  I was thinking yesterday, trying to work out why none of the members of my immediate family had been directly impacted by this event. It took me awhile and then I realised its all to do with age.

My grand parents were all too young to take part in WWI and too old to be fighting in WWII. So they were lucky, though some of my family died in the Blitz in Birmingham in WWII, and are commemorated on a statue in the Bullring.  So we were very lucky in that sense, though my Dad does have memories of being  evacuted when he was a child which he says are not good memories.

When you think back to events like this, its is quite frightening the impact on people.  I have a seven month old daughter who may have never seen her father if this was 100 years ago.

You wonder what kept people going, and in those days it must have been books and the radio.  They didn’t have TV let alone the internet so would have gone from day-to-day without really knowing what was going on and what was happening to their loved ones.  I don’t know if I could have coped with that.  But instead, they all curled up in front of the radio or with a good book at night to make the long dark nights seem better.

So, if you ever need to disappear from the real world and forget about your troubles.  Try a good book.


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  1. My grandfather was in the trenches for 2 years with the Post Office rifles as he was a postman. My dad said he never talked about what happened which seems to be the situation with many who served on both world wars. Maybe it would have better if they had and alerted the rest of the population to the horrors and incompetance of those who sent them to fight.. My dad is 94 and talks a bit about his experiences in the RAF-he was an aircraft fitter and traveled to north Africa and then to Italy. As in other theatres of war, the men wrote and printed magazines as portrayed in the recent BBC play.

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